Islamic State obliges Syrian youth to join jihad

Militants of the Islamic State in a military camp in the province of Nineveh, northwestern Iraq. File photo

ARA News

Gaziantep, Turkey – The Islamic State group issued Tuesday a decision to impose conscription on young men in the city of Jarablus in Aleppo province, northern Syria. 

The IS conscription law is expected to come into force starting from Wednesday, according the city’s residents. 

Speaking to ARA News in Jarablus, an eyewitness stated (on the condition of anonymity) that the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) emphasized in an official statement that its new law of conscription will include the city’s youth, and in case of refusal a person and his family will be subject to prosecution by the Islamic Court set by the group in the city.

“The radical group considers the conscription law as a project aimed at ‘mobilizing Muslims for jihad against the enemies’, as they will move the young recruits out of the city,” the source said, quoting an IS local leader as saying. 

“Also, the IS-linked women in the city began persuading young women to join the ranks of the jihadists in order to fight against what they described as the enemies of Jihad,” the source told ARA News.

Nouriya Mustafa, 45, from Jarablus, told ARA News that she has four young sons, and now they are trying to escape the city in order to avoid forced participation in the ranks of the extremist group. 

Local sources added that the new conscription law of IS will most likely lead young men to flee the city in the coming days. 


Reporting by: Beri Ali 

Source: ARA News

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